Houston Quilt Festival

For years, I have heard about the International Quilt Festival held in Houston each year, but never had opportunity to go.  Now that I have a quilting friend and we live closer to Houston, we got brave and journeyed that way!

After surviving the drive into Houston (it really wasn’t that bad–Saturday morning) and finding a place to park, we walked over to the convention center.  Our first impression of the Quilt Festival–overwhelmingly huge!  We immediately realized there would be no getting to see all the vendors and quilts in the one day we had available.

So we made a plan for how to use our time, and picked which quilt exhibits sounded interesting.  Here are some highlights from the show:

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All those tiny pieces…just amazing!

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There were so many beautiful art quilts!

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This quilt was part of the “70,273 Project”, which represents the number of disabled people killed by the Nazis.  Their fate was determined by two red Xs written on their medical form.  Quite a sobering exhibit…

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Absolutely adorable!

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And this was one of my very favorite!

We did not see all the quilts, and certainly did not visit all the vendors, but we sure had a good time!  Looking forward to next year!

Shirt Stripe Boxes Quilt

About 3 years ago, I saved a Pinterest picture of a really cool quilt made from striped men’s shirts.  My mother loved stripes, so I come by this fascination honestly :-)

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Fast forward 3 years–now I have a new sewing room, with a design wall just begging for a project.  The Shirt Stripe Boxes quilt came to mind, and I started to work.  It took some doing to figure out the right way to make the blocks, because the picture I pinned had incorrect instructions!  But with some experimenting, I figured it out.

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I had several blocks done, when I saw that I needed more variety of fabrics.  The local thrift stores were no help…and then I remembered a bag of striped scraps under my bed!  What a treasure trove it was–quite the walk down memory lane, with some scraps from maternity clothes, and an outfit worn by my son 24 years ago.  But it was just what my quilt needed to really make it pop!

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And here it is, in all its glory!  The design wall was absolutely essential, because there were 3 sizes of blocks to fit together.  And I also took a picture of the layout before taking blocks down to sew them, just in case I forgot which way they went!  This is a couch quilt, and instead of using batting, I just backed it with a flannel sheet and quilted it in 3 inch squares.

This pattern was created by Kaffe Fassett, an incredibly talented artist and designer.  If you like bright colors, you should check into his fabric lines!

Jefferson Quilt Show 2016

This past weekend was our quilt show in Jefferson, and it was quite the success!  Somewhere around 900 people total came on Friday and Saturday, and then some more on Sunday.  I helped with setting up the show, selling used quilt books/magazines, and then taking it all down.  Many hands make the work lighter!

Here are some of my favorite quilts which were exhibited.  I didn’t have a quilt in the show this year, but I plan to have some ready for next year.  The pictures are less than stellar because 1. lighting was poor and 2. not much room to photograph.

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I have a special place in my heart for tumbling block quilts, because that was my mother’s favorite.  This one was just beautiful!  It was hung in front of a window with light coming through, so that it simply glowed.

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This one was unusual–the center medallion is reverse appliqué done by an artisan in Central America, and then the quilt maker just added to it.  I couldn’t really tell where one ended and the other began–they did a good job of matching the blue!  I’m always attracted to a blue and white quilt. :-)

 

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One of these days I’m going to make a Lone Star quilt–hold me to it!  This one was a family heirloom quilt top, and the quilt maker learned to quilt just so she could finish it, and did a beautiful job.

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And….here’s the big winner!  Another blue and white quilt :-)  This one was exquisitely quilted, and won the top awards. There were many beautiful quilts– I’m glad I wasn’t the judge.

Looking forward to next year’s show–y’all should come!  January 27-29, 2017

Birthday/Christmas Benja-quilt!

Every October for the past 4 years, we’ve made a trek across 4 states to visit our son in Georgia.  It’s been a fun visit every time, and so good to see him in person!  This is also our one chance of the year to bring him things that are too big to mail.

When I checked his Amazon wishlist, I discovered that he needed a quilt, now that he has a double size bed.  Time was running short, so I came up with a simple pattern that featured his favorite color–orange!  The other fabrics ran along the spectrum from blue to green, with some other random shades in there as well.  I’m pleased to say that I made the whole quilt from either scraps or yardage I already had!

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Love this spotty dotty fabric for the binding!

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I had some helpers when it came time to photograph the quilt–I’m thinking they stole the show!

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Couch quilt

IMG_1658Ever since I made a denim cover for our couch, it has been my intention to make a napping quilt just the right size for it.  I was looking at all the thrift shop shirts I have deconstructed for fabric, and thought, “These would look great with denim!”  And I had just the pattern in mind–Scrappy Mountain Majesties, from Bonnie Hunter.

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I made a few sample blocks, just to make sure we were compatible, and then set off.  I had great fun arranging these blocks on my design wall, and trying to make them deliberately random!  My arrangement is different than that of the pattern, but I like it this way too.  Some of the shirts came from Goodwill, but several belonged to my father-in-law, and one stripe was a scrap from a suit I made my son 24 years ago!

Since this is a summer quilt, I used no batting and backed it with some dotted flannel.  A bit of quilting, and it’s done!